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Hearing to be held regarding proposed Alliant natural gas rate increase

MASON CITY – A proposed natural gas rate increase will be discussed at a public hearing at the NIACC campus on July 10, 2012 in the Muse-Norris Conference Center.

On April 11, 2012, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, filed with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) a request for approval of a proposed natural gas general rate increase.  An overall rate increase of 5.62% has been proposed.

After a thorough review of IPL’s request, the IUB will establish final natural gas rates, which may be different than the natural gas rates proposed by IPL. The IUB will also determine when the rates will become effective.

If the final natural gas rates are lower than the interim natural gas rates, the difference collected between final and interim rates will be refunded to customers with interest. The IUB will approve the method of refund.

The purpose of the public hearing is to provide customers with an opportunity to present comments regarding the proposed general rate increase and general service quality.

The hearings are for customers to comment on the proposed general rate increases and about IPL’s overall standard of service.

Specific customer complaints cannot be addressed at these hearings. Customers with specific service complaints should use the board’s informal complaint procedures.

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